Bobb says Teach for America returning to DPS

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Teach for America will return to Detroit Public Schools this fall, according to DPS emergency financial manager Robert Bobb, but the teachers union president has called the announcement premature, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Speaking to education school graduates at the University of Michigan on Saturday, Bobb said he will sign a contract with Teach for America this week, the Free Press reported.

But Keith Johnson, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, said that about 2,000 Detroit teachers received layoff notices in April and that, "We have to discuss a whole laundry list of things before it can even be considered," according to the Free Press.

Bobb's address followed an earlier all-school ceremony at which President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker, the report said.

Teach for America places college graduates from all disciplines into teaching positions in struggling schools across the country. While more U-M students apply for the program than students from any other university, the program has not placed teachers in Detroit for several years, according to the Free Press.

Detroit Free Press, "Bobb to restore teaching program," May 2, 2010

Michigan Education Report, "Teacher certification tests don't tell us enough about quality," March 2, 2010